12 ideas of fun things to do with kids during spring break

Kennith Bogan

Spring break is almost here! So, what are you going to do with your kids?

Check out this spring break list of things to do!

Are you a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin? Fans of the Wizarding World are invited to visit “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Franklin Institute through Sept. 18. This all-new, behind-the-scenes exhibition celebrates the iconic moments, characters, settings and beasts as seen in the films and stories of “Harry Potter,” ”Fantastic Beasts” and ”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Fans will discover house facts, snap interactive portraits with the Sorting Hat, engage with select costumes and props, and connect with beloved characters and story moments through activated prop displays. Tickets are $30 to $59. The institute is at 222 N. 20th St., in Philadelphia. More information: (215) 448-1200, fi.edu, www.HarryPotterExhibition.com.

Can you mix the needed potion? The Potion Classroom at 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' at the Franklin Institute.

Can you mix the needed potion? The Potion Classroom at ‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’ at the Franklin Institute.

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Family fun at the Lucky Snake: Take a walk on Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk to enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, then step inside the Lucky Snake Arcade for some fun! Games range from $1 to $10 for the Virtual Reality Boxblaster experience. The arcade is at the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City at 801 Boardwalk. More information: (609) 487-4652, www.theluckysnake.com.

Wild animals and roller coaster rides, yes please! Six Flags Great Adventure & Wildlife Safari Drive-thru Adventure in Jackson open for the season on April 9. Whether you like to go upside down and all around on roller coasters or prefer something tamer such as a carousel, Great Adventure has a ride for you. There also are amusements, food, shows and more. If you are feeling a little “wild,” why not enjoy the Wildlife Safari, where you can view a variety of animals in their natural habitats. Tickets start at $9.99 for the safari and $34.99 for the theme park. More information: (732) 928-2000, www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.

Get your basket ready: If you are age 7 or younger and visit the Ocean City Boardwalk from 1 to 3 p.m. April 9 and 16, you are invited to participate in the Great Egg Hunt by stopping in at participating shops and restaurants, where you will receive eggs filled with toys and candy. The rain dates are April 10 and 17. More information: ocnj.us.

It’s time to get hopping! Paradise Organic Farms invites you to visit for an Easter Egg Hunt and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, 10 and 16. Bring your Easter basket and join the hunt for more than 5,000 eggs hidden on the farm. Turn them in for prizes and make sure to search for the golden eggs for a special surprise. The event also will feature hayrides, crafts, local vendors, and the opportunity to visit the farm’s gift market and shop. Admission is $14.95. The farm is at 139 Bordentown-Georgetown Road in Chesterfield. More information: (732) 329-0999, paradisefarmsnj.com.

It’s a Penguin Party! You are invited to Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Party, April 9 through May 8. Guests are invited to hunt for the elusive Golden Egg (and a chance to win an Adventure Aquarium gift card!), get all their penguin questions answered by a biologist, meet the aquarium’s two species of penguins, African and Little Blue (and maybe get a peek at the newest Little Blue Penguin chick, which is tentatively scheduled to be on exhibit April 15), watch penguin enrichment demonstrations, and enjoy some “people enrichment” activities as well. Tickets are $26.99 to $44.99 for ages 13 to 64, $18.99 to $34.99 for ages 2 to 12 and $24.99 to $42.99 for ages 65 and older; advance ticket purchase is recommended as capacity is limited. The aquarium is at 1 Riverside Drive in Camden. More information: (844) 474-3474, www.adventureaquarium.com.

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Reality or illusion? Enter the wonderful world of illusions where you can truly experience the impossible as the Museum of Illusions Philadelphia. Guests will enjoy more than 50 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms that are designed to tease the senses and trick the mind. Tickets are $19.99 to $21.99 for ages 13 and older, $14.99 to $16.99 for ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. The museum is at 401 Market St., in Philadelphia. More information: Email [email protected], moiphilly.com.

What really lives at the bottom of the ocean? Visitors to “Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss,” which runs through July 24 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will have an opportunity to find out. “Extreme Deep” offers a chance to explore the mysteries of the deep sea, encounter recently discovered creatures and experience the technology that allows scientists to travel to the bottom of the ocean. The academy is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 to $22 for ages 13 and older and $16 to $18 for ages 2 to 12. More information: (215) 299-1000, ansp.org/extremedeep.

Time travel: Explore what life was like for the Continental Army and its followers at the Museum of the American Revolution. Spring break activities will be offered from April 9 to 24 and will include family-friendly crafts, in-gallery talks, and stories to learn more about the lives of soldiers and privateers. Tickets are $19 to $21 for ages 18 to 64, $18 for ages 65 and older, active duty military, students and teachers, $13 for ages 6 to 17, free for ages 5 and younger, timed ticket purchase encouraged. The museum is at 101 S. Third St., in Philadelphia. More information: (215) 253-6731, amrevmuseum.org.

199 steps! Climb 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse to enjoy a great view of Cape May and the surrounding area, or just visit the Oil House on the grounds, which contains a visitors’ center and museum shop, noon to 3 p.m. daily. Tickets to climb are $12 for age 13 and older and $8 for ages 3 to 12. The lighthouse is at 215 Lighthouse Ave., in Cape May Point State Park. More information: (609) 884-5404, capemaymac.org.

All aboard! Take a ride on DiDonato Family Fun Center’s EGGspress, an Easter-themed train, then visit the Easter Bunny, enjoy an egg hunt, play in a 40-foot obstacle course and a spring hedge maze and more, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through April 16, 1 to 4 p.m. April 14 and noon to 4 p.m. April 15. Tickets are $12.95, plus ticketing fee in advance, or $14.95 at the door, if available, except free for ages 12-months-old and younger; advance ticket purchase recommended. DiDonato’s is at 1151 S. White Horse Pike in Hammonton. More information: (609) 561-3040, didonatofuncenter.com.

Imagination time: Feeling creative but don’t want to leave home? Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center has a series of free Family Art Workshop video tutorials available at wheatonarts.org/learn/family-activities/family-art-workshops. In addition to the video, a list of materials needed and step-by-step directions are provided with each video. Visit wheatonarts.org.

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This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: How to enjoy spring break with your kids in South Jersey, Philly

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